Oregon will become the very first state to allow its employees some time off due to the loss of a loved one. This will be effective starting January 1st of 2014. While this is great news, note that this is only applicable to certain private company employers to provide. There are also several things needed to be done to avail of this privilege.
The eligible employers can now add “bereavement leave” as part of the allowable reasons for leaving work. Additionally, they’ll have to give up to 2 weeks of work leave per death of one family member. This is defined similarly as the other allowable leaves mandated by OFLA per se – spouse, same gender partner, parent, child, etc.
There are also other laws passed to be effective January 1st 2014. For information on this and more, click here.